Body Cam Footage of Police Shooting in Pleasantville Released by Prosecutor

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Ocean County Prosecutor’s office is investigating a police-involved shooting outside a Pleasantville Dollar General store in May.

Today, the OCPO released police body cam video from that incident.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer has announced the release of video footage from multiple body worn cameras, as well as 911 audio recordings, in connection with a police officer involved, non-fatal shooting of Jalial Whitted, 37, of Pleasantville, that occurred in Pleasantville, Atlantic County, on May 24, 2022.  The Office of the Attorney General requested that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office undertake the independent investigation of the shooting.

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, “Preliminary investigation has revealed that on May 24, 2022, Pleasantville Police received a 911 call at approximately 9:35 a.m. indicating that an individual had discharged a gun at the Dollar General store located on South New Road in Pleasantville.  At approximately 9:37 a.m., a Pleasantville Police Officer responded to the Dollar General and discovered Mr. Whitted inside the store – with a handgun protruding from his right pocket.  As additional officers arrived, Mr. Whitted walked toward the officers and refused to follow directions to stop and drop to the ground, at which time Mr. Whitted said to the officers “shoot me.” “

Police were heard begging and pleading with the man to drop his gun, but he did not comply.

“The officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by backing away and allowing Mr. Whitted to exit the store and stand on the front sidewalk.  Mr. Whitted then reached for and placed his hand on the handgun in his right pocket, at which time five police officers discharged their duty firearms at him.  The officers indicated that they fired to protect the lives of the nearby public, their own lives, and the lives of their fellow officers,” police said.

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The 911 calls are posted online and may be heard here:

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